Colombian Black Bean Stew


Colombian black bean stew is an easy-to-make delicious protein-rich stew. It is also very affordable and all its ingredients are relatively easy to source. This dish is traditionally non-vegan and is served as part of a bandeja paisa, which is a platter dish featuring a variety of foods – beans cooked with meats, white rice, plantains, avocado slices, chilli sauce or flakes,  fried eggs and a variety of other meats.

Although this stew is traditionally non-vegan. We are sharing our vegan version of it with you. Trust us, it is very flavoursome and it will become a go-to meal for you on both the days you have the time and energy to cook and when you don’t.

Without further ado, here’s our recipe.

¡Buen Provecho!

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Know Your Milk: Your Guide to Plant Milks


Over the years, people have become more aware of the negative environmental, health and animal welfare impacts of the dairy industry and dairy consumption. This has lead to more research into alternatives for dairy products such as beverages consumed for centuries that look or perform similarly to dairy for particular uses. These beverages include the coconut milk used in Asian curries, soy milk, which has been produced and used in China for the last 7 centuries and tiger nut milk and rice milk which have been used in the western and northern parts of Africa, and in Spain, to make kuunu aya, horchata de chufa and horchata de arroz before 1000AD. As a matter of fact, the white liquid formed from blending grains, tubers, seeds and some fruits with water has been referred to as “milk” for the last 8 centuries!

Whether you are allergic to dairy, lactose-intolerant, vegan or just looking to reduce your consumption of animal products/by-products, there is a plant milk for you. Some of these kinds of milk compare closely with the nutritional value of dairy, without the potential negative health effects, while others contain nutrients that can not be found in dairy making them healthier or more suitable for certain purposes.

In this article, we are going to introduce you to a few plant milks to give you a better idea of what they are and make it a bit easier for you to find the most suitable milk for you.

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Wholewheat Waffles


Waffles are a delightful breakfast addition! They can be eaten on their own, doused with syrup, toasted with jam, butter or cream cheese spread on them, with fresh fruit, ice cream or breaded and fried seitan/tofu on them or even as a replacement for the bread in a sandwich. Yes! That’s actually a thing! We’ve never tried it, but it is a thing!

Our wholewheat waffles have the same texture, and taste just like, conventional waffles made with plain/white flour, eggs and dairy. Yet, they don’t contain animal by-products and they are made even healthier by the nutrients still intact in the wholewheat flour which would otherwise not be present if white flour was used.

These waffles contain thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), folate (vitamin B-9), betaine, calcium, choline, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, omega fatty acids, phosphorus, potassium, protein, selenium and zinc. You can find more information on the functions of these nutrients in our Nutrient Index.

Without further ado, here’s our recipe to these amazing easy-to-make waffles!

Bon Appétit!

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Pulled “Pork” Pasta


Pulled ‘pork’ pasta is both an aesthetically pleasing and delicious meal. By tweaking our recipe for the pulled “pork,” you can make vegan versions of shredded chicken and shredded duck.

The question on your mind right now is probably, “what could have been used to make the pulled pork?” Initially, you might have thought of tofu or seitan, but for this recipe, that’s not the case. Today, we are going to introduce you to a new pantry ingredient – jackfruit!

Whenever we’ve mentioned jackfruit to people, we receive comments like, “a fruit named jack?” or “how can you make something so savoury with a fruit which is sweet?” Well, although jackfruit is a bright yellow-orange, bubblegum tasting fruit, when it’s young/unripe it’s a rather beige colour and savoury, although it might be possible to get a hint of a sweet undertone to its flavour when eaten uncooked. Young jackfruit is excellent at holding the flavour of whatever it is seasoned/cooked with and is so fibrous that it can easily be pulled or shredded to mimic the texture and consistency of pulled and shredded meats.

Jackfruit contains good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6,) folate (vitamin B-9), fibre, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium zinc, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and even protein. You can find more information on the roles of these nutrients in the body in our Nutrient Index.

So, without further ado, here’s our pulled “pork” pasta recipe!

Bon Appétit!

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Holiday Specials: Festive Potatoes


‘Tis the season or delicious foods!

December brings about a lot of celebrations! There’s the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, and we most definitely cannot forget Christmas. Seriously, there are lights and Christmas trees everywhere so there’s actually no way you can’t remember Christmas.

Today, at LickYourPlates, we are bringing a holiday recipe to you. In our LickYourPlates Holiday Specials. Our Festive Potatoes are a delicious way to zhuzh up your regular roast potatoes by adding more flavours to it creating a tasty crispy outer layer complemented by a fluffy delicious centre. We are going to equip you with two recipes. The first is the one pictures and the second created a paler coloured roast.

Hope you have a happy and extremely delicious month!

Bon Appetit!

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Holidays Specials: Jollof Rice


Christmas Day in Nigeria is not normal without Jollof Rice. Jollof rice is the traditional celebration food of Nigeria. There’s party jollof, funeral jollof, thanksgiving jollof, I-woke-up-this-morning jollof, the-sun-is-shining jollof. Okay, we’re getting carried away now!

Nigerian love celebrating with jollof, fried rice, plantain and so on. So, if you’re not Nigerian and you’ll like a little switch up on your Christmas dinner, why you try our simple jollof recipe. Serve with a side of fried plantains, a salad and tofu or seitan.

Bon Appétit!

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Potato and Leek Soup


It’s officially soup season!

Colder months bring about warmer meals. Today. we are going to share our delicious potato and leek soup with you. It is delicious, warming, nutritious and a hug in a bowl, especially when paired with our delicious garlic flatbread.

This dish contains, vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B-1), niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6), folate (vitamin B-9), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, calcium, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus and potassium, to name of its nutrients. The benefits of these nutrients can be found in our Nutrient Index.

We hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe we have developed for you.

Bon Appetit!

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Coconut Rice (New Recipe)


Coconut rice! A very delightful dish to eat, full of flavour, full of nutrients and full of goodness!

Today, we are going to share our second version of coconut rice with you. This version is more like the West African coconut rice dishes as the final result is not creamy and the final dish looks quite simple, although it does not taste plain. The dish is a bit on the spicier side, but you can control the level of heat from the peppers by taking out the seeds or not using a green chilli pepper as those are actually spicier than red peppers.

Coconuts are one of our favourite things to add to dishes here at LickYourPlates. They always take dishes to a whole new level so, if you’re ready for a delicious meal, try out our coconut rice recipes.

Bon Appetit!

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Kiwi Jam


It is true that here at LickYourPlates, we can make almost any fruit into a sugar-free jam.

Recently, we had a lot of kiwis which would have otherwise have gone off if they weren’t all used up or cooked quickly so, we took it upon ourselves to develop a recipe using them and that’s how this recipe was formed.

This furry fruit is a great source of folate (vitamin B-9) vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, fibre, manganese, potassium. It also contains calcium, iron, and omega-3 from the chia seeds making it, not just a delicious jam to have on toast or desserts, but a very healthy one too.

Without further ado, here’s our delicious green kiwi jam recipe!

Bon Appétit!

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Bye, Anaemia!


Are you anaemic, wanting to prevent anaemia, catering for an anaemic person or just curious?

Are you a new vegan/vegetarian who would like to prevent nutrient deficiencies while following a new lifestyle?

Samantha, the founder of this website, LickYourPlates.com, has just released her first vegan ebook titled, “Bye, Anaemia!” It gives information about anaemia, especially that caused by an iron deficiency, causes, inhibitors and enhancers of iron absorption, and equips you with some of the flavourful recipes she used to overcome anaemia and prevent a relapse.

You can purchase, “Bye, Anaemia!,” your guide to overcoming and preventing anaemia at our LickYourPlates Shop or by clicking the image below.

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Subscribe to LickYourPlates.com, purchase “Bye, Anaemia!” and invite a friend to purchase a copy for themselves to receive a bonus recipe. Proof of both purchases (or friend’s email) required.